Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Simply for Fun: Chatting about Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang

Peanuts makes me happy!  I think I became a fan way back when I was a toddler, and I got to stay up past my bedtime to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

51bllI7Z-jL._SL500_AA300_ Not long after that, I had a babysitter named Heidi that would draw the characters ‘til my wee heart was content.  She was the best!  By the time I was in elementary school, I set out to learn to draw the gang.  I’m not much of an artist, but I painted an entire wall covered with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and Marcy in my first little house for my firstborn’s room.  We sold that house about 17 years ago and last I checked the painting was still there.  I don’t think I would ever be so brave to tackle such a project these days!

Do you feel informed now? (It’s way past my bedtime and that is my excuse for such mindless chatter.)  In case your still with me on this post, here are a few Peanuts comics that I found this evening…   

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I’ve always had a Linus personality.  I even enjoyed my thumb and blanket until I was in the fourth grade!  I owe kicking the habit to fear of humiliation from peers—I guess that makes me a little Charlie Brownish too, but my head isn’t quite as shiny. 


Hopefully not as round either.  Come to think of it, why did Lucy always call him “blockhead”?

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While I am on my Peanuts promotion kick, this CD is so bright, so cheery, so wonderful and has been a music staple in our car and home for years.  The girls and I are addicted to listening to it every holiday season, and, when it isn’t the holiday season! 

What are some of the things that make you merry this time of year?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Simply Sharing: Pointless Fun


Is your kitchen too crowded with too many helping hands? Winking smile This might borrow you a few minutes:


Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. Psalm 75:1

May you have a very blessed Thanksgiving Day!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Simply Home: Healthy Pomegranates

Did you know that pomegranates not only are delicious, but are loaded with healthy benefits?


  • Pomegranates are a great source of fiber

  • Aid in regulating cholesterol because they contain the enzyme paraoxonase, which helps keep bad cholesterol (LDL) from accumulating in the arteries

  • Are full of potent antioxidants

  • Increase collagen production as well as defend against free radicals

  • Pomegranate juice contains antibacterial properties and is effective in ridding the mouth of plaque, which keeps breath fresh as good as prescription strength mouthwash

  • Pomegranate seed oil and pomegranate extract have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent arthritis by stopping the destruction of joints caused by osteoarthritis.


They are pretty to decorate with too!  (I didn’t make the wreath, just found the picture. Smile)

Thank you so much for visiting, and don’t forget to think about your blessings today and praise our Precious Lord for them.  Philippians 4:8

Friday, November 11, 2011

Simply Pictures: Romans 12 with Norman Rockwell Paintings



9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.                                                                           

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10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;  


11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;


12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;


13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

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14Bless them which persecute you:


bless, and curse not.


15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.


16Be of the same mind one toward another.


Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.

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Be not wise in your own conceits.



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17Recompense to no man evil for evil.


Provide things honest in the sight of all men.


18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.


21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Simply Home: Spiced Tea Recipe

I am excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas being so near!  What a joyful time of year!  If Christmas had a flavor, this recipe is what I would imagine it to be. 


It has passed through my family as long as I can remember, always being a favorite of mine.  It also makes a nice gift in a pretty jar and kids have fun mixing the ingredients. 

 1 cup sugar

1 cup Tang

1/4 cup unsweetened instant tea

1/2 package unsweetened lemon drink mix (I use Kool-Aid)        

1 TBS cinnamon

1 TBS cloves

Mix and store in an airtight container.

For each cup filled with boiling water, stir in two – three teaspoons.

It is so good of you to stop by!  Thank you for visiting! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Simply Heart & Soul: Free In-Deed

The hour that we gained this past weekend sure was nice!  How did you spend your extra time?  I felt an extra freedom.  I am still feeling it this week, how about you?  My internal clock is on the old schedule and I wake earlier and get a little more accomplished each day. 

Yesterday, my daughter finished her homeschool work by 10:00 a.m.!  That is a record in this household!  She started early, diligently focused, and then felt free for the rest of the day, reaping the benefits of her self-discipline.  Incidentally, she read a quote from Booker T. Washington that reinforced her valuable lesson, “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

Self discipline brings freedom, doesn’t it?  When we save money, working hard to pinch pennies, we later experience a freedom and flexibility in our finances that we wouldn’t have otherwise had.  There is freedom in marriage when a couple chooses purity and waits for each other.  There is freedom in our health when we eat right and exercise.  At first, we may not feel so free, but all is worth our efforts.  As Dr. Charles Stanley says in his Life Principle Notes, "You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow."  I doubt if my daughter felt free yesterday when she was buckling down with school, but what freedom she felt the remainder of the day!  


Galatians 6:9 says,

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Countless examples follow this same principle.  It is how God designed life.  He wants what is best for us, and this is why there is freedom in living for Christ.  When we choose sin, we may think that we are living freely, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Sin put us in bondage.  So many are dealing with debt, addictions…you name it, because of being under the yoke of sin. 

Galatians 5:1 says:

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

The freedom that Satan wants us to think we have if we do whatever we want is merely a trap, and we most assuredly will eventually suffer because of it, and so will our families. 

On the other hand, when we sow good things, we reap good things.  It may take a while before we experience the benefits, but it will be well worth it!  Now, if I can just get myself to follow that principle with better eating habits!


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